BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State women’s basketball head coach Mike Curfman announced today the signing of Melissa Youngblut (F, Davenport, Iowa) to a National Letter of Intent during the regular signing period that began April 11. The addition of the Iowa State University transfer makes three additions to BSU women’s basketball for the 2012-13 season, as Curfman signed Emily Reichert (G, Rogers, Minn.) and Rachel Valley (F, Albertville, Minn.) to NLI’s during the early signing period.
All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
“We are very excited to add Melissa to this year’s recruiting class,” Curfman said. “She’s a proven winner whether it’s basketball, soccer or track and field with numerous state titles and honors. Melissa will give us added height on the perimeter and has the ability to play shooting guard, wing or small forward. She is extremely athletic and very good on both ends of the floor, including being able to knock down the 3-point shot.”
Melissa Youngblut • F • 5-11 • Davenport, Iowa • Iowa State • Assumption High School
Bemidji State (2012-13): Will enter as a sophomore on the women’s basketball team and also compete on the women’s outdoor track and field team, primarily in sprinting events.
Iowa State (2011-12): Played in six games and averaged 2.8 minutes per game for Iowa State... Saw the floor for the first time against Houston Baptist (Nov. 11) and posted two steals... Grabbed two rebounds against Northern Arizona (Nov. 20).
Assumption High School: Four-year letterwinner... Helped lead the Knights to the class 3A state championship as a senior... Averaged 11.2 points, including 13 against Mount Vernon in the state title game and was named captain of the all-tournament team... 2011 first-team all-state recipient from the Des Moines Register and Iowa Girls Coaches Association... Second-team all-state from Iowa Newspaper Association... Earned First-Team All-Mississippi River Conference honors as a senior... Drake Relays champion in the 4x400 relay... School-record holder in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400... Helped high school win the state soccer championship.
Personal: Daughter of Roger Youngblut and Monica Youngblut... Born March 1, 1993... Intends to major in elementary education... Father, Roger, (1983-84) played football at Iowa State and mother, Monica (Missel), (1983-86) played women’s basketball at Iowa State... Sister Mallory played basketball at University of North Dakota (2007-11) with current BSU women’s basketball assistant coach Mark Bagaason’s daughter Kayla.
*Some information courtesy of Iowa State Athletics Communications
The Beavers finished their season with a record of 9-18 overall and an Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference record of 7-15 to finish 11th in the league standings. BSU graduated just two seniors in 2011-12 and will be guided in 2012-13 by guard Morgan Lee (Hayward, Minn.), who was selected 2011-12 Second Team All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
2012-13 Bemidji State University Recruiting Class
Name (Ht., Pos., Hometown / Previous School)
Emily Reichert (G, 5-4, Rogers, Minn. / Rogers HS)
Rachel Valley (F, 6-1, Albertville, Minn. / St. Michael-Albertville HS)
Melissa Youngblut (F, 5-11, Davenport, Iowa / Iowa State)
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).